From Tragedy to Triumph: Counselor as Companion on the Hero's Journey



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    • Richard W. Halstead is an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut. The author thanks Marta L. Carlson and Steve Pettiglio for reviewing an earlier draft of this article.

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The story of the hero's journey has been told and retold in oral and literary traditions for centuries. The hero motif captures the strength and perseverance of the human spirit of men and women so elegantly that it has not been bound by either cultural or religious tradition (J. Campbell, 1949). These stories, which tell of the challenges faced by women and men, reveal a process of personal transformation. Such tales embody the essence of that sacred space within which one evolves and comes to a qualitative shift in conceptualizing self in relation to others and the world.